Motion Amplification with Jeff Hay
How Motion Amplification Helps Us Learn More About Our Machines
In this episode, James interviews Jeff Hay. Jeff is the CEO and founder of RDI technologies and today helps us to understand motion amplification and how it used in reliability today and how RDI is playing a role in this process.
In this episode we covered:
- How motion amplification works.
- The advanced products like the IRIS M™ being put out by RDI.
- The crazy movements of machinery.
- The possibilities in monitoring allowed by camera technology today.
RDI Technologies designs camera-based monitoring products that allow you to analyze and “see” movement from your machinery that would be invisible to the naked eye. Their unique proprietary software turns the millions of pf pixels found in modern cameras into individual data points that can be used to discover just how your assets are functioning. This is a process that is being referred to as motion amplification.
RDI turns “millions of pixels in today’s modern cameras into millions of individual data points that can be monitored, read, and analyzed.”
A large amount of machine movement can be elusive and very hard to detect. These advanced camera set-ups quickly become troubleshooting devices and only take a few minutes to get set-up. Photographing and analysis only takes a few minutes longer. Reports can be done remotely or there on the spot.
Machines move in ways you really wouldn’t expect. To see rigid, dense structure move like Jell-O under scrutiny is eye-opening. This shock effect can be beneficial in convincing your team or company to take action on an issue. Video allows for making a case that data points simply couldn’t. To this end, side-by-side video, text overlays, and easy exportation to cross-platform video formats is a snap.
For now, this is still mostly a troubleshooting tool, but many have begun to implement it into the installation process. Motion amplification allows you to detect possible issues before everything goes totally live.
As time progresses, technology is getting better at working its way up the PF curve and enhancing early detection and troubleshooting at the outset. Finding balance and misalignment issues early on can be a huge boon. We have found, though, that very often, it is the entire superstructure that is moving at times -and this is a problem that would have gone entirely undiagnosed before.
RDI’s patented technology measures deflection, displacement, movement, and vibration not visible to the human eye.
As sensitivity increases, we have an increased ability to delve closer to the root of the issue.
While some advanced and niche needs require a multi-camera set-up, the majority of uses and benefits come from a single camera being used. The lens, camera, and style will depend on the speed you are trying to capture.
RDI provides training to help people learn to use these great products. The training takes about 2 days and is part vibration analysis class, part photography class. You will learn the basics of photography to ensure you are capturing quality footage to be analyzed.
Cameras are the future, and you only have to look at the advanced solutions they are providing in the automotive industry to see the proof of that. RDI is leveraging that technology to help them build into the future.
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